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Eagles' Marquise Goodwin responds to fans calling him 'stupid' for opting out

Eagles' Marquise Goodwin responds to fans calling him 'stupid' for opting out

Eagles receiver Marquise Goodwin said this week that football fans are calling him "stupid" for opting out of the 2020 season.

On Wednesday, he tweeted: "I've gotten so many messages and @'s from 'concerned' fans telling me how stupid I am and that this COVID-19 isn't that serious… I bet my bank account that there are 150k dead people that would argue different. #CarryOn."

Goodwin, who the Eagles acquired in a draft-day trade from the 49ers, announced Tuesday that he would sit out the 2020 season because of COVID-19 concerns.

In an emotional video posted on YouTube, Goodwin explained his decision and said he deeply regrets that when he and his wife Morgan lost their prematurely born son in November 2017 and then lost their unborn twin sons in November  2018 he wasn’t with her because he was with the 49ers for football games.

"I felt like I should be at home helping my best friend get past the grief," he said.

Goodwin and his wife did have a baby girl, Marae, a year and a half ago, and as the video shows a close-up of the baby's face, he says, "This right here is my reason. She's the reason I'm opting out for the season. After choosing football so many times, I feel like I'm inclined to make the right decision by finally choosing my family first, and that's real talk. … I won't take the chance of experiencing another loss because of my selfish decision-making. I can't do it. It's not something I can live with."

Goodwin, 29, said he plans to play again when it's safe. The Eagles maintain his rights, and his contract rolls over into next year. He'll most likely get a $150,000 stipend for 2020, although it's possible he could get the $350,000 high-risk stipend.

Goodwin has 140 catches for 2,323 yards and 13 touchdowns in seven seasons with the Bills and 49ers. 

Goodwin was an Olympic long jumper in 2012. His wife, Morgan Goodwin-Snow, was a two-time Big 12 champion in the hurdles for Texas.

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Deadline passes with only 1 Eagle known to be opting out

Deadline passes with only 1 Eagle known to be opting out

The NFL’s opt-out deadline passed Thursday afternoon with no word of any additional Eagles electing to skip the 2020 season because of COVID-19 concerns.

As of 4 p.m. EST, only wide receiver Marquis Goodwin had announced he’s opting out. 

The Eagles acquired Goodwin in a draft-day trade with the 49ers, and while he wasn’t expected to be a starter his 140 career receptions are second-most among the Eagles’ healthy receivers.

League-wide, it appears 66 players opted out. 

With most teams carrying 80 players on the roster, that represents about 2 1/2 percent of NFL players.

In the NFC East, the Giants and Cowboys lost three apiece and Washington lost two. 

Teams losing the most players are the Patriots [8], Browns [5] and the Chiefs, Colts, Cowboys, Giants, Jaguars, Jets, Lions and Raiders [3 each].

Three teams appear to have no opt-outs: The Chargers, Falcons and Steelers. The Eagles are among nine teams to lose one player. Ten teams had two opt-outs.

Players who opt out who have been determined by the NFL to be at risk because of a specific pre-existing condition receive a $350,000 stipend from the league and receive a year of pension credit toward free agency and benefits. 

Those who are considered not at risk receive $150,000 that is essentially an advance on their 2021 salary and they do not accrue a year of pension credit. If players in this category don’t make a roster next year, they must return the money.

Goodwin, who is considered not at risk, had 962 yards for the 49ers in 2017 but has just 35 catches for 581 yards the last two years. 

Several Eagles starters who were made available to the Philly media over the past week said they talked about opting out with family members before electing not to.

I think everyone in the back of their mind was wondering, ‘What does this look like for me safety-wise, what does this look like for my family safety-wise?’ Carson Wentz said. “And I was no different. I think, definitely, the health and safety of my family definitely is different than I think a lot of guys that are maybe single and don’t have wives or kids and those things, and you definitely have to take all those factors in. You never know how this is going to fully unfold, but I feel safe here and it was something that my wife and I talked a lot about and prayed a lot about, and we feel good with our decision but at the same time completely respect the guys that did decide to opt out for personal reasons, family reasons, health reasons. Like Marquis Goodwin, I fully respect his decision. Obviously I’m bummed I’m not going to be able to play with him but fully respect those guys’ decisions.

Rodney McLeod echoed Wentz: “It was a conversation I had with my wife, but I think looking at all the protocols that were put into place here we felt confident that this is probably one of the safer environments you could be in between these walls. Marquis Goodwin had to do what was best for his family and I understand that and we support him fully for that decision.”

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